Hello everybody, As my post count will show, I'm not at all new here... but I am a new man, thanks be to God. Several years ago, as "Consular", I was very fractious in my speech and angry about many issues, and saying many things which I regret. If any people here remember me and took offense at me, I apologize. During the last 9 years I've been on a great, unexpected journey of faith. What began as an agnostic upbringing turned into Deism, then Roman Catholicism, then Anglicanism, then back to Rome, then a crisis of faith regarding the textual fidelity and historicity of the Scriptures (thanks to so-called "Higher Criticism"). I became an atheist for two years. Just about three weeks ago, a dear old Christian friend (who is active on these very forums) urged me to rethink all the presuppositions the critics and modernist philosophers had implanted in me. The resulting conversations worked in such a way that after just two weeks or so, I was an almost entirely changed man. At 2:12am on October 5, I knelt and begged for God's grace, mercy, and peace, then gave my life back to Christ, and invited him back in. It is difficult to have faith, but on that Friday, I realized for the first time that I was actually praying, not just filling up the imagination of my own heart, or desiring to please any men. So, in a sense, I'm a New Member, hopefully a better, more mature, and more charitable one. Cheers.